The Master of Arts (Religion) degree involves 36 total hours of academic work along with spiritual formation activities. The curriculum is structured in the following manner.
Concentration – 21 hours
The student will engage a concentration in one of these two areas:
1. Biblical Studies (with courses in BIBL/HEBR/GREK)
For a Biblical Studies concentration the student will take 21 hours in the areas of Bible, Hebrew, and/or Greek, while meeting these criteria:
- Take at least 3 hours in Old Testament and at least 3 hours in New Testament
- The faculty recommends that students in this concentration also take the following:
- 3 hours of additional study in the biblical language the student chose as his or her prerequisite language
- 6 hours in the other biblical language if student has no previous coursework in that language.
2. Theological Studies (with courses in THEO/CHST)
For a Theological Studies concentration the student will take 21 hours in the areas of Theology and Church History, while meeting this criteria:
- The student will take at least 3 hours in Systematic Theology and 3 hours in Church History.
Supporting Coursework – 6 hours
1. For students with a Biblical Studies concentration:
2. For students with a Theological Studies concentration:
- Take at least 3 hours in Systematic Theology and 3 hours in Church History
- Take at least 3 hours in Old Testament and 3 hours in New Testament.
Free Elective – 3 hours
Students will take 3 hours of any graduate course in Logsdon or in another discipline outside Logsdon with the permission of the program director.
Thesis – 6 hours
Students will complete a thesis that involves 6 hours of credit, with a focus in the same area as the chosen concentration (biblical studies or theological studies). Students may enroll in additional hours of thesis renewal in the Fall or Spring semester, involving 1-hour credit each semester, if necessary and approved by the program director.
Total Hours = 36 hours